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My friend has cancer of the tongue. Secondaries in her throat

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My friend has cancer of the tongue. Secondaries in her throat recently operated on and awaiting chemotheraphy/ radiotheraphy on her tongue in May.

She has a very stiff neck at the site of the operation scar in her neck otherwise feeling reasonably well.

Should it be checked?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

I am a cancer doctor.

Dr. David :

I am sorry about your friend who has cancer of the tongue.

Dr. David :

surgery in the neck can often cause scar tissue which can be very hard and stiff.

Dr. David :

scar tissue is always harder and stiffer than our regular tissues.

Dr. David :

once she is healed up from her surgery, she needs to try to stretch her neck and scar tissue as much as she can.

Dr. David :

the best time to stretch scar tissue as soon as possible after the surgery.

Dr. David :

radiation therapy can also cause scar tissue of the neck and stiffness, so she needs to begin stretching now to help soften up the scar tissue as soon as possible and continue to stretch during the radiation.

Dr. David :

she can see a physical therapist to help guide her in how she can stretch her neck.

Dr. David :

I tell patients of mine to stretch the neck in 6 directions for 20-30 seconds in each directly 4-8 times a day

Dr. David :

chin down to chest, chin up to sky are two directions

Dr. David :

chin over shoulder left and right are two more

Dr. David :

and ear to shoulder left and right are two more ways to stretch.

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